Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Toucan Cage and Stand - Trimcraft DT

Hello, Recently I've been working with some absolutely gorgeous papers called Botanical Beauty.  They are by First Edition and as always their papers are just gorgeous, not only in design but in the lovely selection of finishes and effects you always get in each pad.  The Botanical Beauty papers are absolutely stunning and I just knew I wanted to make a bird cage with them, afterwards I decided it just ‘needed something’ and so I made a stand to match!  (please scroll down for video)

How To:
I cut the bird cage itself on one of my cutting machines, but you could cut similar using die cut panels and join theme or use a sharp craft knife and ruler to cut basic grid bars if you prefer.

I’ve applied a citrus green metallic gilding polish to the cage bars and the matching stand, hopefully giving a hint of Verdigris. I used a gold metallic gilding polish for the top and bottom sections of the cage.
The 12x12 Botanical Beauty pad has birds and flowers In the right size for this make, so I fussy cut out 1 larger Toucan for the top of the cage and 2 smaller toucans on branches to go inside the cage.
The toucans inside have been mounted onto acetate, I created a box section rather than 2 strips as this gave more stability and still allows them to move about if touched.
The blooms have also been fussy cut from the pattern papers and I’ve used foliage dies from 2 different sets to arrange amongst the blooms, I used FE textured cardstock in 2 shades of green for the leafy foliage.

The stand I decided to make to go with the cage is basically 2 small shallow box pieces with a scored and folded section for the stem.  I added a top to the stand by layering up 3 or 4 squares of card sandwiched between pattern paper and applied the green gilding polish around the edges to fill in any gaps in the layers.  I have added cardboard inside the base and top to weight it down so the cage sits securely on top.
Here's a video to show the cage and stand in more detail

Products Used:
First Edition 12x12 Botanical Beauty Paper Pad – FEPAD185
First Edition 12x12 Textured Cardstock Pad – FEPAD062
First Edition Tropical Die Set – FEDIE235
First Edition Foliage Die Set – FEDIE0197
Acetate, Gold Tassel
Gold Gilding Polish, Green Gilding Polish
Adhesives: d/s Tape, Clear drying glue, 3D foam pads

This project has been created for Trimcraft Design Team and also appears in my Project Gallery on The Craft Blog here:

Friday, 27 April 2018

Bee Happy Glazed Tile Effect Card - Trimcraft DT

Hello, I recently experimented with a glazed tile effect for a magazine commission and thought I would re-visit the technique with the new Dovecraft Bee Happy stamp set.  The clear stamps are a great addition to your craft stash and very versatile, easy to create lots of different scenes or use them alone.  Teaming the stamps with other elements in the collection makes it easy to create a coordinated look.
How To:
I started by stamping a scene using the individual stamps in the set using black ink.  I worked to a rough idea of the size I wanted to end up with, so my stamped area was about 100mm wide x 90mm and I bore in mind the hexagon shape I wanted to achieve at the end.  So I stamped the flowers along the bottom and the leaves to ‘frame’ either side of the top.  I left enough room to stamp the large bumble bee in the centre (alternatively, you may prefer to stamp the bee first and then build the scene around it).
I used shimmery watercolour paints to colour the scene, these do not need to be precise.  I used a wash of blues and greens for the background, so that all the area was coloured and left it to dry.
When dry I die cut the scene into a rectangle and then patted it all over with an embossing inkpad, sprinkled with clear embossing powder and heat set.  I repeated this process 3 times, allowing the embossing to cool before patting over again with the embossing inkpad.  Just build it up as many layers as you wish.
When tile scene is completed, mat onto a slightly larger hexagon of cream card, if it stands to bend, then just add a little heat from the heat tool from back and it should flatten out again.
Cut a 135mm square of cream card and add 2 different pattern papers from the Bee Happy Pad.  I used a yellow paper for the left and green for the right.  Add 2 strips of the honeycomb pattern washi tape across the join. 
Wrap ‘Bee happy’cotton ribbon across the lower part of the panel before adhering it to the front of a 6x6 Kraft card base using 3D foam pads to raise it a little.
To finish, thread a little golden metal bumble bee charm onto thin cream twine or thread and attach to ribbon at right hand side.  Top with a gold button threaded with matching twine or thread.
Products Used:
Dovecraft Bee Happy Paper Pad – DCPAP072
Dovecraft Bee Happy Clear Stamps – DCSTP129
Dovecraft Bee Happy Cotton Ribbons – DCRBN031
Dovecraft Bee Happy Washi Tapes – DCWST008
Dovecraft Bee Happy Charms – DCMTL011
Dovecraft Bee Happy Buttons – DCBTN023
Dovecraft 6x6 Kraft Card Blank –
Black Ink to stamp images
Shimmer watercolour paints or other colouring medium
Embossing Ink Pad
Clear Embossing Powder
Cream Card
Hexagon Dies
Thin Cream Twine

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Happy Valentines Day! U & Me 3D Valentine - Trimcraft Design Team

Hello, I'm back!!  I had a little break from blogging recently but I'm back to share my projects with you on a regular basis.  As it's Valentines Day it's appropriate to start with this 3D standing Valentine I made for the Trimcraft Design Team.   I thought the fab papers in the First Editition Wanderlust paper pad would be ideal for a Valentine’s project, especially the pretty heart pattern and lovely pinky –red tones.  For fun I made a 3D standing ‘&’ and decorated it using 2 of the new First Edition die sets.  I have to say the Alphabet Tiles are going to get lots of use, they are easy to use and add a nice effect for sentiments.
How to:
I used my Cricut Explore to cut the 3D ‘&’ shape using the double sided pinky-red design paper from the 12x12 Wanderlust pad.  The 2 inserts on the loops of the letter show the other side of the paper.
I inked the edges using a red ink to define them and also it ‘colours in’ any white cut paper edges that may show. 
The front layer is cut from the heart patterned paper and I have inked in both red and black inks to define this piece.  I’ve also edged it in Crystal glitter glue for a sparkly effect.
The top layer of the letter tiles is cut from a pale wood pattern paper which is from another First Edition paper pad (Sweet Nothings I think) and the letter dies then cut into each square tile.  The backing are cut from black paper in the Wanderlust Pad which is the back of the Heart double sided paper.
Cupid has been cut twice and layered up, once from the foil pattern paper and once from black paper, this adds strength and also by offsetting the black slightly it gives a slight shadow effect.
I used different papers in the pad to layer up the small envelopes, lips, etc and chose a large flower from the bold floral paper to feature in the heart shaped balloon.
To finish, I cut the swirly ‘Love’ sentiment from black card and layered it twice to give it strength.  I used crystal glitter glue to cover the whole word before attaching to the bottom of the ‘&’ shape when it was dry.

Products Used:
First Edition Wanderlust 12x12 Paper Pad – FEPAD164
First Edition Wanderlust  6x6 Paper Pad – FEPAD166
First Edition Alphabet Tiles Die Set – FEDIE238
First Edition Love Themed Die Set – FEDIE239
Dovecraft A4 Black Card –
Dovecraft Glitter Glue – Crystal
Dovecraft Adhesive heart Pearl – Pink
Cricut Explore
Red Ink, Black Ink
Adhesives: D/S Tape, Clear Drying Glue, 3D Foam Squares

I am entering this project in the I Heart You Challenge over at That's Crafty! Challenge Blog, link here: http://thatscraftychallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/i-heart-you-challenge.html

Monday, 30 October 2017

Pumpkin Tealight Holder - Trimcraft DT

Hello, Today I have a Pumpkin Tealight Holder to share with you.  This is a project I designed for the +The Craft Blog by Trimcraft where you can find the tutorial and a FREE downloadable Template (links at end of post)

I love the Wow gold embossing powder and just had to use it to emboss this fab sugar skull stamp, for a distressed look.

A battery operated tealight is perfect to use inside, I found some that were orange for halloween.  You can find them in different colours and some have flickering lights too.

Why not make one or more for your very own seasonal pumpkin patch? 

You will need:
Download your Free Pumpkin Template Here
Step by Step Tutorial - Link Here
Dovecraft A4 Coloured Card, Twine, Candy Skull Stamp, A4 Kraft Card, Embossing Ink Stamp Pad, Light Brown Ink Pad
WOW! Gold Embossing Powder


Thursday, 26 October 2017

Star Easel Card - Cherish The Memory Guest DT

Hello, I was recently invited to be a Guest on the DT over at Cherish The Memory to work with the Sweet Winter Season collection from Studio Light. (All product links and Youtube Video at end of post)

For my 2nd project I took inspiration from the star shaped sheep image, which is a sweet 3D layered decoupage, and created a star shaped easel card using star dies that echoed the shape.  A little piece of clear Acetate invisibly provides a base for the easel to rest on the stopper

I covered the easel card with blue paper from the 12x12 pack, inking the edges with a blue distress ink. This collection also includes a really nice clear stamp set.  I used the snowflakes and music stamps, along with one of the sentiments, stamping in Versamark ink and heat embossing in Gold.

To finish, the card was embellished with adhesive pearls and ribbon trim. This star shaped easel folds down to fit into an envelope all ready for posting out.

The 3D decoupage elements are die cut and easy to press out, layer up with 3D foam pads and add to your makes, there is a great selection of images on the sheets, perfect for your winter themed makes. I do hope you like todays project and please do pop back for more makes with this collection.

All products can be purchased direct from Cherish The Memory.
Products Used:
White Card
Dovecraft A4 Acetate
Versamark Inkpad
Gold Embossing Powder
Adhesive Pearls
Ribbon Trim
Adhesives: D/S Tape, Clear Drying Glue, 3D Foam Pads

Monday, 16 October 2017

Halloween Bridge Card - Trimcraft DT

Hello, Today I have a simple Halloween themed bridge card to share with you.  The Free Halloween downloadable papers from Trimcraft are fun, cute and have funky colours perfect for making a simple ‘Bridge’ card design, especially as they have sentiments included too.

I decided to make a little spider and add a web along with a floating Ghost for a fun Halloween greeting.

Step By Step:
Cut Dovecraft black card approx. 11” x 6”
With long side across your scoring board, score from left at 1 ½”, 3”, 8”, and 9 ½”
Download and print off the free Halloween papers, link here: https://www.thecraftblog.com/freebies/downloads?page=2
Decorate card panels by matting pattern paper onto white card and then again onto panels using double sided tape.  I’ve used pink pattern paper for centre and inner panels and turquoise skull paper for the 2 out panels.
Cut a ‘bridge’ strip from white card approx. 8” x 2” and decorate with a strip of ghost pattern paper. 
Attach bridge strip by folding in left side of card and adhering the strip to the first panel, take it across the card and adhere where it meets the edge of the end panel, this will allow the card to fold down.  Use a clear drying glue to allow adjustment.
Cut out Halloween sentiment, bat, skulls and ghost. Adhere sentiment to centre panel at top and bat to overhang left panel. 
Adhere ghost to a strip of acetate and attach to centre panel using clear drying glue on the back, hold in place for s few seconds to prevent it slipping.  Adhere skill trio to acetate and attach under bridge section.
Adhere a piece of white spiders web trim to panel at right hand side, apply adhesive where it will be covered by spider and eyeball)
Make a spider by cutting a circle of Dovecraft black glitter card, adhere black cord ‘legs’ to the back and then cover with a circle of black card. Add 2 googly eyes to spider before adhering to spider’s web.
To finish, add a couple of eyeballs (these were from last year’s Trimcraft free Halloween download papers) add black adhesive gems to ghost’s eyes and centre of eyeballs.  Add a panel to the back of your card for the greeting.
Here’s a little video to show the card:

Trimcraft Products Used:
Dovecraft White A4 Premium Card – DCBS137
Dovecraft Black A4 Premium Card – DCBS138
Dovecraft Black Glitter Card – DCGC01
Dovecraft A4 Acetate – DCBS106
Black Adhesive Gems. Googly Eyes, Black Cord, Spiders Web
Adhesives: D/S Tape, Clear Drying Glue

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Sweet Winter Season Pop Up Box Card - Cherish The Memory Guest DT

Hello, I was recently invited to be a Guest on the DT over at Cherish The Memory to work with the Sweet Winter Season collection from Studio Light. (All product links and Youtube Video at end of post)

For my first project I created a simple pop-up box card from white card.  Decorating the panels with the 12 x 12 pink snowflake paper.  This pretty paper is double sided, the reverse is a light beige colour featuring a stag.

I selected elements from 2 of the labels sheets and glued to acetate strips using a clear drying glue, then mounted them inside the box design on 2 card supports, decorated to match.

Teaming the 'winter wonderland' sentiment with other elements from the label sheets to decorate the 'flaps' of the box.  To finish, I added adhesive clear gems and dabs of glitter glue to highlight the main pop up images.

The Label sheet elements are die cut and easy to press out and add to your makes, there is a great selection of images on the sheets, perfect for your winter themed makes. I do hope you like todays project and please do pop back for more makes with this collection. 

All products can be purchased direct from Cherish The Memory.

Products Used:
Sweet Winter Season Labels EASYSWS502
White Card
Dovecraft A4 Acetate
Dovecraft Glitter Glue - Crystal
Clear Adhesive Gems
Adhesives: D/S Tape, Clear Drying Glue, 3D Foam Pads